acupuncture - shiatsu - chinese medicine - moxibustion



Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the treatment last?

A typical session is 60 minutes in length. However, if the patient needs a little more care for a given ailment, Toshiro and Komei gives them the treatment length they need rather than ‘watch the clock’ or charge additional money.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting extremely thin needles into specific points of the body for the goal of healing. It can be used for the treatment of many ailments.

Do the needles hurt?

Unlike a standard needle, acupuncture needles are extremely thin (because they do not need to be hollow to allow for injecting). The patient may feel a slight prick sensation, often described as a feeling similar to a cat scratch.

Are the needles clean?

Yes. All needles for a given session are obtained from a sterile pack. At the end of the treatment, these needles are disposed of in a sharps bin.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion Technique is the application of heat to an acupuncture point. The patient feels a warm sensation, often ‘tingly’. This warming of the acupuncture point serves to aid the effects of the treatment, working on a deeper level.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese ‘hands-on’ pressure massage treatment. There are various styles of Shiatsu, and Toshiro’s style has evolved to take on a combination of Zen and Namikoshi techniques.

What ailments can a treatment aid with?

These complimentary therapies can aid with most ailments, so please phone to discuss your illness or symptoms. Whilst not a complete list, the most common ailments include:

          Pain relief (including back problems such as Sciatica)


          Headaches and Migraine


How many treatments will I require?

This depends entirely on the condition being treated, and its response to treatment. Unlike other disciplines, Iyashi Clinic’s approach is not to make you dependent on the treatment, rather to stabilise the condition. Generally this involves more regular visits initially, which then lessen as the condition improves, switching to a less frequent maintenance approach.

Can I give someone a treatment as a gift?

Yes, gift vouchers are available.


Iyashi Clinic is a Japanese treatment centre in the heart of Melbourne’s inner northern suburb of Thornbury. The practitioners are Toshiro Hirano and Komei Fujiwara.

Toshiro Hirano’s treatments are a combination of many traditional Eastern techniques: Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Chinese Medicine and Moxibustion. His approach is to initially assess the patient’s problems and symptoms. He then designs a treatment plan to address these needs, using a combination of techniques.

Komei’s approach has a focus on Shiatsu, the ancient Japanese form of massage. Komei has also studied Judo to black belt level, and this informs his technique, with a gentle touch that opens up the muscles, allowing the treatment to work on a deeper level.

Treatments cover a range of issues, from minor aches to chronic pains. It is also effective for stress relief, with treatment techniques that enable complete relaxation.

(Payment types accepted: cash or personal cheques. Sorry, no credit card facilities)

* Full time student/pensioner


1 hour 45 mins 30 mins
General $80 $65 $55
Concession* $70 $55 $45

Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies

Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society



Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies

Member of Australian Shiatsu Association (STAA)


359 St Georges Rd

Thornbury, Vic, 3071

(near corner Normanby Ave)

(03) 9480 0180

Toshiro Hirano

0411 441 071

Komei Fujiwara (Shiatsu)

0433 735 454


Park in driveway, or in the adjacent street, Shaftesbury Parade.


Take the West Preston tram (route 112) and disembark at Stop 34.